The killing of Daunte Wright and trial of Kimberly Potter

Daunte Wright, 20, was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn., on April 11, 2021. The city’s police chief said that officer Kimberly Potter, a 26-year police veteran, had intended to stun the man with her Taser gun but accidentally drew her handgun instead and fired once.

Wright’s death sparked days of protests, and Potter, the officer who shot Wright, resigned two days after the killing, as did police Chief Tim Gannon. Potter was found guilty of first- and second-degree manslaughter. Potter was sentenced Friday to two years in prison. She’s expected to spend about two-thirds of her sentence behind bars. With time already served, that leaves about 14 or 15 months remaining.

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Prosecutors reduce requested sentence for ex-cop Kimberly Potter
In a court filing this week, prosecutors said a sentence of just more than seven years, which is the presumed penalty under state guidelines, would be proper. Potter's attorneys are asking for a lesser-than-usual penalty, or a sentence of probation only.
State seeks long sentence for cop convicted in Wright death
Prosecutors say the former Brooklyn Center police officer who was convicted of manslaughter in the killing of Daunte Wright should face a sentence above the state's guidelines. But defense attorneys for Kimberly Potter say she should get a lower sentence — or even probation.
KARE 11 report: Juror says handling Potter's Taser and gun influenced panel's decision
Jurors in the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter reportedly were not convinced by arguments that her Taser and her handgun were easily confused, according to reporting by KARE 11.
Explainer: What judge will weigh in sentencing Kimberly Potter in Daunte Wright's killing
The former Brooklyn Park police officer convicted Thursday of first- and second-degree manslaughter in the April shooting death of Daunte Wright will be sentenced in February. Here is how that might play out.
Jury finds Potter guilty of manslaughter in Daunte Wright killing
A Hennepin County jury on Thursday found ex-Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter guilty of first- and second-degree manslaughter in the April 11 traffic stop killing of Daunte Wright. She was led out of the court in handcuffs.
Potter jury to return Thursday for 4th day of deliberations
The jury at the trial of a former Brooklyn Center police officer who shot and killed Black motorist Daunte Wright return Thursday for a fourth day of deliberations as the Christmas holiday loomed.
Jury at Kimberly Potter trial quietly wraps up third day of deliberations
Jurors in the manslaughter trial of Kimberly Potter, the former Brooklyn Center officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright in April, have concluded deliberations for the day. The jury asked Judge Regina Chu late Tuesday afternoon what to do if members can't agree on a verdict. She told them to continue their work.
A jury has concluded deliberations in the trial for the day. The former Brooklyn Center officer says she meant to use her Taser instead of her gun when she fatally shot Daunte Wright. The jury Tuesday afternoon asked two questions, one of which was about difficulty reaching a decision.
Kimberly Potter trial: Case goes to jury as closing arguments end
Jury deliberations have wrapped up for the day in the manslaughter trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter in the killing of Daunte Wright. In closing arguments Monday, prosecutors assailed Potter’s conduct, while her defense said Wright’s actions caused his own death.
The former Brooklyn Center police officer was found guilty of manslaughter for killing Daunte Wright. Kimberly Potter will be sentenced on Feb. 18.
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